Gourmet hot dogs come to Englewood

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Bill Feid is a self-professed hot dog lover.

To offer people an opportunity to try hot dogs prepared with a lot of different toppings, he has opened his second Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs store in Englewood.

The newest store at 2950 S. Broadway opened March 4, and the menu choices consist primarily of 21 varieties of hot dogs and sausages plus chili fries. Feid’s original store is in downtown Denver.

Billy Special, a Chicago-style hot dog with all the fixing, leads the hot dog lineup on the menu. Customers also can select the coney dog covered with Billy’s special chile, melted cheese and chopped onions, and there is even a corn dog on the menu.

There are a number of other hot dogs with specialized fixings and, in what may be the only location to get one, the menu includes a kobe beef hot dog that Feid has made just for his stores.

The sausage selection is also varied and includes standards like bratwurst and Polish sausage as well buffalo sausage and duck sausage. Again, the fixings are tailored to the specific type of sausage, but Feid said the standard can be altered to fit the customer’s taste.

He said his love of sausages continues a family tradition because his grandfather was a sausage maker, so a lot of care and thought goes into what is on the menu.

“We only sell 100 percent all-beef hot dogs and we make our own pork sausages,” Feid said as he helped staff prepare to open the store March 9. “All the toppings we put on the hot dogs and sausages are freshly made each day. We also take pride and care in preparing each order.”

Feid said his love of hot dogs goes back to his childhood in Chicago, which even extended to Thanksgiving, when his dad would load the kids in the car so they could go get hot dogs while the traditional turkey dinner was being prepared.

“My love of hot dogs never went away so, as I pursued a career in investment banking, I checked out hot dogs everywhere I went as I traveled in the United States and in foreign countries,” Feid said. “A couple years ago, I left banking to do something I really wanted to do and opened my hot dog restaurant.”

Feid said he has been considering the Englewood area because of the city’s vibrant business district.

The only other food item available is ice cream, which is made in the store. Feid said adding ice cream to the menu also follows a family tradition, because another of his grandfathers was a dairy farmer and ice cream was plentiful in his home.

Like with his main menu items, Feid selects only the best ingredients for his ice cream. For example, his toasted almond ice cream is made with almond paste imported from Italy instead of almond flavoring available in the United States.

Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Restaurant in Englewood is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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